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From: "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 00:10:42 -0700
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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>    (01)

> Dick,
> You're confusing apples and spaghetti.
> There are many good reasons for analyzing and talking about
> real mappings:
> But it is also important to recognize that for the purpose
> of giving a precise definition of mKR so that programmers
> can implement it and connect it to their systems, you have
> to focus on the specific details of the symbols and how they
> are related to one another.
> But we also use CL and related languages for a broader range
> of purposes.  When we do that, we might use CL to address
> issues such as #1, #2, or #3 above.  But then we admit that
> we have switched from growing apples to cooking spaghetti.
> We don't confuse the two kinds of activities.
> John
Yes, I do confuse these two activities.
Isn't it strange that I think about real mappings
when someone challenges me to define the "meaning" of my language?
Why do I think that "meaning" is connected to reality?
Obviously, "meaning" refers to manipulation of meaningless symbols.
Which is what I said several months ago.    (02)

Dick McCullough
http://mkrmke.org    (03)

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